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I can’t even remember the meals I had since Monday afternoon of last week. So, I’m going to just come clean and admit I didn’t do a very good job of logging or even watching what I ate.

As the week progressed, I did make it to my morning Pilates Classes and generally followed the menu of Barley Max for Breakfast, Mid Morning and Mid Afternoon Juices, and then a very sensible, raw lunch and dinner with a Tsp. of Barley Max 30 minutes before each.  

Until Thursday, when I decided to take a flight to Buffalo, New York for a weekend visit. I did pack my Barley Max and made sure I took my Tsp.  before each meal. But I was not able to get my juicing in for the weekend… and my eating habits veered from the raw beat and path occasionally.

There was Chocolate Cake one day, Pizza and Frozen Yogurt another day, and it seemed a continuous amount of alcohol throughout.

Monday night I returned home and thus started getting back up on the wagon. 

I resumed my Pilates Tuesday morning, and boy am I feeling like I missed several days of classes.

For Breakfast I mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water and proceeded to make my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach.

I pre-mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water so I can drink it 30 minutes before lunch. Where we stopped at Wegmans Grocery Store to eat from the buffet there. Amazingly enough the buffet was really packed with some Vegan, Vegetarian options. I loaded up on a Green Salad: 

Wegmans Green Salad Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Green Salad Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

Leafy Greens

Spinach

3 Cherry Tomatoes

Sliced Cucumber

Red Onions

Blanched Broccoli

Mushrooms

Shredded Carrots 

Then I had a mix of a delicious Lentil Mix, Lima Bean Salad, Vegetable Egg Roll and Stir Fry Vegetables. I washed this great food down with a Fresh Tangerine Juice.

Wegmans  Lentils, Lima Beans & Roll Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Lentils, Lima Beans & Roll Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Fresh Tangerine Juice Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Fresh Tangerine Juice Tuesday Menu

We came home just in time to make my Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrots, Celery, and Spinach.

Then 30 minutes before dinner, I mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water.

Dinner turned out to be a Garden Salad w / a Tomato Basil Dressing:

Garden Salad w/Tomato Basil Dressing Tuesday Menu

Garden Salad w/Tomato Basil Dressing Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

Spinach

3Radishes Sliced

Small Bunch of Broccoli

1 Diced Celery Stalk

1Chopped Green Onion

Tomato Basil Dressing:

2Cups Tomato

2Tbls. Lemon Juice

2Garlic Cloves

2Tsp Dried Basil

Herb Seasoning

Directions: Chop, mince ingredients and add into blender until desired consistency.

Then I turned on the oven and made a bunch of Roasted Asparagus:

Roasted Asparagus Tuesday Menu

Roasted Asparagus Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

10 Sticks of Asparagus

2Tbls. Olive Oil

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Cumin

Sea Salt

Directions: Heat oven to 450 degrees, wash and cut ends of asparagus and place into roasting pan. Add the Olive Oil and remaining seasonings and roast for 15 minutes. 

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First thing Saturday morning, I got up to hit the Pilates Studio for an hour of core strength training. Plus I needed to work off the Blizzard I had the day before while we were on the road. But that Blizzard is nothing compared to what I managed to whip up later today.

We managed to bring all the vegetables, lettuce, and fruits from Florida to Maryland so nothing spoiled.  And from there, for lunch I made a great Vegetable Salad with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Orange Bell Pepper

1/2Can of Chick Peas

5Small Cucumbers

2Tomatoes

1/4Red Onion

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

1/4Tsp Coriander, Paprika, Crushed Pepper, Sea Salt

Directions: 

Wash, Peel and Chop up Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Red Onions in a bowl. Open can of Chick Peas, drain and add half of can to the bowl. Add Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and mix.

I noticed some of the food I packed to bring to Maryland, there was a bag of Pearled Barley. So I cracked open my cookbook and looked up a recipe to make with Barley. I found the Barley Vegetable Soup and decided to make it, because again we hit Maryland just in time for it to snow on our parade. But I didn’t have all the ingredients it called for, so I improvised and mixed up something better!!!

Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley Vegetable Soup-Improvised

Barley Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Vegetable Soup Stock or Water

2Stalks Celery

1Cup Green Beans or Mushrooms

1CupBarley, Uncooked

2Tbps. Parsley

1/2 Tsp. Marjoram or Coriander

1Cup Onions

2Parsnips or Turnips

1Cup Whole Peas

1Cup Carrots or Extra Celery

1Tsp. Sea Salt

1/2Tsp. Thyme

1/2Tsp. Cumin

1/2Tsp.  Garlic

Directions:

Chop Onions, dice carrots, celery, parsnips or turnips, slice mushrooms. Place in pot with small amount of water or soup stock and steam for about 10 minutes. Add the remainder of the water or soup stock and bring to a boil, add barley and allow coming back to a boil. Cover and turn down to low for about 45 minutes.  Add peas and mushrooms and all seasonings except parsley and continue cooking another 40 minutes. Mix in parsley just prior to serving.

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

While I was making that, Mike’s son wanted to make a cake. So I found a Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix box and started adding the ingredients together: 3 Eggs, 1Cup Oil, and 1/2Cup Water. I had Mike’s son mix it together while I prepared the pan and 12 Ice Cream Cones to put the Cake batter into. We had some fun putting the batter into the Cones (we made a bit of a mess) but then got everything into the 350 degree preheated oven to bake for 25 minutes.   

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

We didn’t have any frosting, so Mike’s son looked up on U-Tube how to make a frosting. He settled on a Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting. He added 1Cup Peanut Butter, 1Stick Butter, 1/4Cup Milk and mixed it together for the Glaze. We poured it on the Chocolate Cake, the Chocolate Cake Cones, and I did a little decorating on them, because he just had a birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

So for dinner, we had the left over Vegetable SaladBarley Vegetable Soup and I managed to polish off 2 of the Chocolate Cake Cones.

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After a replay of Saturday Mornings breakfast… we visited a bit longer.  We talked about how each of us is doing after having the Ear Candling done.

Sitting Around Table

Sitting Around Table Ear CandlingFirst Time Ear Candling

She said, she felt good and didn’t have her sinuses bothering her and claims she slept better. I admitted I slept pretty deep as well and am not blowing my nose every 5 minutes to wipe my runny nose!!!

I also talked with Liz about how she’s doing on her Raw Eating Plan and she told me, she’s not doing as well as she sees me doing on it. She admits, she’s not as strict with it as I am, because she’s cheating a lot on sweets and cheeses and meets. But I told her I cheat too! And it’s a struggle to get all 3 servings of the Barley Max and drinking the Carrot Juice. I really do miss my Juicing.!!!

Before you knew it, it was time for everyone to hit the road again. My girlfriend had to be back at work Monday morning, and she too enjoys watching Sunday night on ABC!!!!

After they left, Mike and I went to go pick his son up from the mall, where he was dropped off. From there we decided to take a drive. We got back to the house around 3pm again. This time, Mike and his son ordered some Persian Kabob’s on the way back for food. I stayed strong and waited to get home to make my Better Than Tune Recipe… I hadn’t had it in a while and it was worth it.

 

 Better Than Tuna:

Ingredients:

2Cups Carrots

1Medium Ripe Bell Pepper

2Stalks Celery

1/2Medium Red Onion

1/2Cup Parsley

1/2Tsp. Kelp

1/2Tsp. Sea Salt/Celtic Sea Salt

4Tbls. Rhonda’s No-Oil Dressing

Directions:

Finely Chop the pepper, celery, onion and place in a bowl. Finely grate carrots, resembling carrot pulp and add the carrot to the vegetable mix. Combine 4Tbls. of Rhonda’s Dressing, Salt, Parsley and Kelp and add to the above chopped vegetables. Mix well and allow to marinate for flavors to blend. May be served on a bed of lettuce, on a sandwich, or to stuff a pita.

My Version of Rhonda’s No-Oil Dressing:

Ingredients:

1Cup Raw Almonds

1Cup Distilled Water

Soak almonds in water 24 hours or overnight, drain, and discard water. Place almonds in blender with the 1Cup of Distilled water and blend about 2 minutes until creamy. Stop the blender and add the following ingredients:

2Tsp. Nutritional Yeast Flakes

1Tsp. Kelp

2Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1/4Tsp. Sea Salt/Celtic Sea Salt

1Tbsp. Minced Parsley

2Tsp. Garlic Powder

2Tbsp. Dried Onion Flakes

1Tsp. Dill Weed

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

1Tbsp. Raw Unfiltered Honey or 1 1/2Tbps. Chopped Dates

Blend to Mix… pour onto the vegetables and ready to serve.

Better Than Tuna

Better Than Tuna

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My friend and her daughter got here after 1am. It was a long drive for them and a long wait for us. Staying up that late is exhausting. So needless to say, I didn’t want to wake up Saturday morning.

But we did get up are 8am.. and I got out my Almond Butter and warmed up some Whole Wheat Bread and put it out on the table, while Mike made his famous scrambled eggs.  I made the Almond Butter the night before and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it… and when I did it was delicious. I can’t believe it was so good on the bread like that.

 

Almond Butter

Almond Butter on Bread

Almond Butter:

2Cups Almonds

1Tbls Honey

1/2Bottle of Water

Directions:

Soak Almonds overnight in water. Put Almonds into food processor, add honey and water as mixture blends together into a chunky paste.

Once we cleaned up from breakfast, we jotted down to D.C. to do a little sight seeing with my girlfriend and her daughter.

At the WhiteHouse

WhiteHouse with Liz & Alexis
Secret Service Leaving Secret Service Cars Leaving WH

We actually had a chance to see the President leave from the Whitehouse.. or at least that’s what we thought was going on out there with all the secret service guys.

Then, we headed over to New York Avenue to do a little wholesale shopping with the store owners there. It’s a great place to buy stuff at bulk/discount prices.

It was getting later in the day and  that time, we were all hungry. We made it back to the house around 3pm and we unloaded all our bags and I started warming food up and putting finishing touches on some things. I asked Liz to set the table and then we all sat down to Mike’s Roasted Eggplant & Potato and my Stuffed Avocado dish, Almond Cheese, and for dessert we had my famously new recipe for Strawberry Pie.

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado:

Ingredients:

2Ripe Avocadoes

1/4Cup Green Onions

2Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

2Tbsp. Olive Oil

1/4Cup Carrot

1/4Cup Celery

1/4Cup Beet

Directions:

 Mince Green Onion, shred Carrot and beet and finely dice celery. Peel avocados, cut in half and remove pit. For each serving, place 2 halves of avocado on a bed of mixed greens and stuff with vegetables. Combine lemon juice and oil and drizzle over stuffed vegetables.

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese:

Ingredients:

1Cup Distilled Water

1/2Cup Red Bell Pepper

1/4Cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes

1/2Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2Tsp. Sea Salt

2Tsp. Onion Flakes

4Tbps. Agar Agar Flakes or Arrow Root Powder

1Cup Almonds

1Tbsp Tahini or 2Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

2Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1Tsp. Paprika

1Tbsp. Vegetarian Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Place water and almonds into blender and process until a creamy milk consistancy is reached. Pour into saucepan, Mix in agar agar(or arrow root powder) and bring to a boil. Immediately, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until agar agar (or arrow root powder) is completely dissolved. Place mixture in blender, and add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Scrape sides until all ingredients are  mixed well. Pour into container and refrigerate until set. This cheese can be sliced in the size you prefer.

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie:

Ingredients:

Pie Shell:

1Cup Raw Almonds, Soaked Overnight

1Cup Soft, Pitted Dates

1/2Tsp. Vanilla

Soak almonds in distilled water for 12 hours. Grind the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the dates and vanilla and blend well. Press thinly into a pie plate (from center to the outside rim) to form the shell.

Binder:

7 or 8 Large Ripe Strawberries

5 Soft Dates, Pitted

2Bananas, ripe

1Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

Blend all binder ingredients in food processor or blender until well mixed.

Fruit Filling:

Cut 2 pints of fresh strawberries into quarters, and fold into binder and fill shell. Decorate with approximately 1/2 pint of quartered strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator. Chill before serving.

And that was it for both lunch and dinner. I did however make Almond Milk with the left over Almonds Soaked in water. The ingredients are easy, but the process is a bit time consuming.

Almond Milk:

Ingredints:

1Cup Almonds, Soaked Overnight

1/2Bottle Water

2Tbls. Vanilla

4 Pitted Dates

Directions:

Drain almonds from water and peel skin off of the nuts. Place the nuts into food processor and blend pouring in the Vanilla and Dates and water to keep substance smooth. Strain ingredients through a cheeseclothe until liquid milk comes through. Keep refrigerated.

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I went to my Pilates Class this morning at 8am and was a little disappointed in the class itself. I was expecting to get my cardio going and work my body… but what we did was deep stretching.

The class this morning started at 7am and ran until 9am. It started with a warm up and a run for 45 minutes and back to the studio.  I elected not to do the run and got to the class at 8am hoping for a workout.  Well, I should have gone on the run to get my cardio. I found out some of the other women walked for 45 minutes, which I could have done too!!!

Regardless, it was good to stretch out some of my achy zones anyway.

I really didn’t feel like doing anything spectacular for lunch… so I just had the left over Garden Salad I made earlier this week and some Pizza from Yesterday.

I had some last minute groceries to grab for some company coming into to town tonight. A girlfriend and her daughter are coming for a visit this weekend and I’m pre making some dishes. This particular friend of mine got me started on the Raw Foods Diet, so I’m prying open my cookbook to make some meals.

On the menu….

Almond Butter

Better Than Tuna

Avocado Slices

Strawberry Pie

Date-Pecan Wedges

Very excited to create all of these items while they are here.

Mike chimed in as well, and made a Roasted Eggplant with Potatoes (a dish my girlfriend loves.) I went ahead and had that for dinner tonight!

Roasted Eggplent

Roasted Eggplant with Noodles

Roasted Eggplant:

Ingredients:

2 Eggplants

6Small Yellow Potatoes

1/2Cup Olive Oil

Directions:

Peel and Slice Eggplants and Potatoes. Add Olive Oil into Grill Pan and individually add Eggplant and Potatoes to roast separately then combine into pan and serve with Whole Wheat Bread or Whole Wheat Noodles. Add Red Sauce to make Eggplant Parmesan. 

 

Last night, Mike wanted some Sweet Potato and Regular Potato Fries. So for dinner last night, I chopped up Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, and Onions to put out on the Grill with Olive Oil. I had some of that along with my Garden Salad.

Sweet Potato & Potato Fries

Sweet Potato & Potato Fries

Sweet Potato & Regular Potato Fries:

4 Sweet Potatoes

3 Potatoes

1 Onion

1/2Cup Olive Oil

2Tbls. Parsley

1Tbls. Cumin

1Tbls. Crushed Red Peppers

Sea Salt

Directions:

Peel and Chop up all the Potatoes and Onions. Add Olive Oil to Grill Pan along with Potatoes and Seasonings and Grill for 15 minutes.

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I broke from the norm of eating ONLY RAW FOODS today. Mike made Turkey Cutlets with Potatoes & Onions for lunch. I hadn’t eaten cutlets since before I made my change to Eating Raw Foods and it was good to eat this fresh, healthy meal. The meal I thought wasw healthy, because of the vegetables in the Cutlets and the Salad, and the turkey meat is high in Protein and a much better meat for me.

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets w/Garlic

Ingredients:

4Onions

6Potatoes

1Pkg Ground Turkey

4Tbls Olive Oil

Tumeric

Paprika

Sea Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Boil Potatoes in water and peel skin. While Potatoes are boiling, peel & chop Onions and then combine package of ground Turkey Meat with Potatoes and Onions. Begin hand mixing the ingredients and add seasonings. Mold the ingredients in to flat, round patties and place into grill with Olive Oil and add Garlic Cloves and grill for 15 minutes or until meat is cooked.

I actually got the opportunity to participate in this lunch creation by molding the ingredients in to patties.  It’s a good thing I got my Pilates workout this morning (Wednesday).

Olive Oil

Olive Oil I Use

Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar I Use

While the Turkey Cutlets were grilling, I decided to make a Garden Salad  with an Oil & Vinegar Dressing to go along with the Cutlets. This Golden Balsamic Vinegar I’m using tastes so good paired with the Olive Oil, I don’t need any kind of seasoning in the Dressing. And I had a bag of Baby Green Lettuce that needed to be used… so there you go!

Ingredients:

1Bag of Baby Greens

Garden Green Salad

Wednesday Green Salad

1Red Bell Pepper

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Avocado

1Small Bunch of Broccoli

3Green Onions

1/2Can of Chick Peas

4Mushrooms

Directions:

Clean and Chop up all the Vegetables and add to washed lettuce and serve. Add Oil & Vinegar to taste.

Yesterday and today (Wednesday), I did pretty well with not eating sweets or junk… and it really feels good to eat fresh and raw. But I can’t say that was true for dinner time.

Onion, Peppers, Zucchini

Onion, Peppers, Zucchini

I got my Garden Green Salad out for dinner and warmed up the Grilled Onions, Peppers & Zucchini  I made Sunday and ate that for dinner. I added the Chick Peas to the Salad, because I realized I had the open can in the refrigerator. A great meal, filling and I didn’t crave anything for a while. It may have been because I had some Hummus and Sangek Bread afterwards.

But as the night progressed… while we were watching Wednesday Night Comedy on ABC, I wanted a Chocolate Dove Bar. That’s 260 calories of useless sugar and chemicals! I don’t know why I can’t keep my hands off this stuff? It’s not helpfull that Mike goes out and buys it either.!

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Sangek Flat Bread

Sangek Flat Bread

 After I managed to settle down from my revelation of a saggy butt earlier today, I made some lunch for Mike and his son. Mike realized that some of the Vegetables (Bell Peppers, and Zucchinis) where starting to get old and wrinkly. I told him that I would have to cut them up and use them in something.  

Out of the kindness of his heart, he decided to cut the old and wrinkled ones up along with some Onions. He and his son left for a couple of hours, and buy the time he returned; he wanted me to have roasted them for lunch. Well, words were exchanged and Vegetables did get roasted, plus I made a very nice Garlic Chicken for them as well.

Sunday Veggies

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables:

Ingredients:

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Orange Bell Pepper

2 Yellow Bell Peppers

2 Onions

1 Zucchini

2 Tbls. Olive Oil

2 Tbls. Crushed Red Peppers

1Tbls. Cumin

Sea Salt

Directions:

Place the Sliced Vegetables into a Roasting/Grilling Pan along with Seasonings and stir until Onions are see through and Veggies are all tender. 

Garlic Chicken:

Ingredients:

4 Breasts of Chicken

12 Garlic Cloves

2 Tbls. Olive Oil

2 Tbls. White Wine Vinegar

Sea Salt

1 Tbls. Coriander

1 Tbls. Parsley

Directions:

Place Chicken Breasts in Grilling Pan along with Whole Garlic Cloves. Add Olive Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and grill until meat is no longer pink in the middle for about 10-13 minutes.

Sangek Flat Bread

Sangek Flat Bread

Then after lunch we went on a journey to check out a new Persian Restaurant/Deli in Rockville, Maryland. Mike found this new restaurant in the Persian Paper and wanted to check it out, because they advertised making bread called Sangek fresh while you wait. So he was definitely interested.  The bread is flat bread made with Oats and Sesame Seeds. I’m sure there are other ingredients, but those are the ones Mike knows. He also adds, it’s very healthy for you and virtually no calories.!!!

So, of course on the way home we couldn’t stop eating pieces from the flat bread. And even when we got home, I know I couldn’t stop. I scooped out some Hummus and dipped the bread into it. 

Chocolate Craze

Chocolate Dove Bars

Dinner was nothing but our munching on the Sangek. I did have desert last night while I was watching Desperate Housewives. I had 2 CHOCOLATE COVERED DOVE BARS… and literally made a mess of myself, getting chocolate all over my shirt.  This act required me to do some exercises, while I was watching Brothers & Sisters.  

 

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